By Ray Hamill — With soccer and cheer the final teams to return on Wednesday, there are now more than 200 Eureka High student athletes back at practice.
And for all of them, the return has been a huge relief, even with COVID-19 restrictions in place.
“We’re super excited to be back,” Loggers Athletics Director Kristie Christensen said. “The kids are delighted, they’re sore and they’re happy.”
The Loggers got the go-ahead from the Eureka City Schools District board to resume restricted practice just two weeks ago, with all of the high school’s teams now back in action.
Christensen said that 165 student athletes had returned as of Tuesday night, and added that she expects that number to have risen to at least 200 after the soccer and cheer athletes were included.
The H-DNL is still working on the schedules for the upcoming seasons, with cross country and basketball tentatively scheduled to be the first to begin competition in December, providing they get the go-ahead from state and local health officials.
Last week, Eureka girls basketball head coach Michael Harvey said his players were “absolutely pumped” to be back on the practice court.
The number of participants across the board at Eureka High would suggest Harvey’s players are not the only ones pumped to be back.
Eureka High sports had been on shutdown since mid March.